Bostonians: Quit Blasting Music Without Headphones On MBTA Transit

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — There are plenty of disruptions on the T, apart from the occasional service change.

Loud, unplugged music on trains has become a bit a problem for Boston commuters, and while it's technically forbidden, officials from the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority are finding it difficult to enforce headphone use.

"There's nothing anyone can really do about it, although I know the T has tried to push out some posts recently about people stopping that," one woman said near the Aquarium Station on the Blue Line.

The vast majority of Bostonians WBZ's James Rojas spoke to agreed that the tunes can be a headache on certain days.

"People who are just young and just want to listen loudly," one rider said.

"Some people don't have headphones, I don't know— get some," another said.

One theory on a Boston subreddit says the advancement of wireless headphones may have made for fewer pairs on the T. But some Bostonians disagree, saying that the kind of people who play videos or music without headphones are "just kind of obnoxious."

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At least on paper, any sort of noisy jams and chats while on board are not allowed.

"Using mobile or music devices without headphones in MBTA stations and vehicles is prohibited. Avoid loud conversations in person and on mobile devices when riding on the T," the rider rules and regulations from the MBTA read.

WBZ's James Rojas (@JamesRojasNews) reports.

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